Takashi Murakami, ‘Monster’, 2002, Sotheby's: Contemporary Art Day Auction

From the Catalogue

"My aesthetic sense was formed at a young age by what surrounded me: the narrow residential spaces of Japan and the mental escapes from those spaces that took the forms of manga and anime." —Takashi Murakami

Courtesy of Sotheby's

Signature: signed on a label affixed to the reverse

Blum & Poe, Los Angeles
Private Collection

About Takashi Murakami

One of the most acclaimed artists to emerge from postwar Asia, Takashi Murakami—“the Warhol of Japan”—is known for his contemporary Pop synthesis of fine art and popular culture, particularly his use of a boldly graphic and colorful anime and manga cartoon style. Murakami became famous in the 1990s for his “Superflat” theory and for organizing the paradigmatic exhibition of that title, which linked the origins of contemporary Japanese visual culture to historical Japanese art. His output includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, animations, and collaborations with brands such as Louis Vuitton. “Japanese people accept that art and commerce will be blended; and in fact, they are surprised by the rigid and pretentious Western hierarchy of “high art’,” Murakami says. “In the West, it certainly is dangerous to blend the two because people will throw all sorts of stones. But that’s okay—I’m ready with my hard hat.”

Japanese, b. 1962, Tokyo, Japan, based in Tokyo, Japan

Group Shows

2017
New York,
Perrotin Bookstore NY
2017
Miami Beach,
Continuum North Tower Art Basel | 2017
2016
Singapore,
Infinite Diversity